Sudhir L. Burgaard

Associate

Sudhir L. Burgaard is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use & Environment and Environmental & Administrative Law Practices. She has counseled and litigated for clients on a variety of natural resources and environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, storm water control regulations, California’s Porter-Cologne Act, the federal and California Superfund statutes, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery and California hazardous waste control laws, the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, California’s Proposition 65, and the Endangered Species Act. Sudhir has represented private and municipal entities in infrastructure projects, including the construction of highways, mixed use developments, and coastal developments. Sudhir has prosecuted and defended public and private entities in groundwater contamination cases. Sudhir has advised companies on compliance with industrial storm water discharge requirements under the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws.

Sudhir’s commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in breach of contract, malicious prosecution, fraud, shareholder derivative, unfair competition, trademark, and trade secrets actions. Sudhir has also represented clients in takings claims, Brown Act matters, and real estate disputes.

Sudhir earned a master’s in environmental law from The George Washington University Law School. During her time in the Washington, D.C., area, she clerked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Publications

  • Author, "Groundwater and Surface Water Connections," American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Natural Resources & Environment Magazine, Summer 2016
  • Author, "Issues to Consider in CERCLA Settlements", American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Natural Resources & Environment Magazine, Summer 2015
  • Author, "Time to Issue a New Climate Disclosure Guidance", American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Natural Resources & Environment Magazine, Fall 2014
  • Author, "Clean Up Act", Cover Story, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, April 2014
  • Author, “The Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Debate”, American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Natural Resources & Environment Magazine, Summer 2013
  • Author, "EPA Issues Final 2013 Vessel General Permit", American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Newsletter, Summer 2013
  • Author, "Certiorari Granted in Two 9th Circuit CWA Cases", Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 14, 2012
  • Author, "The Multidistrict Litigation Arising Out of the Gulf Spill: An Overview of Key Toxic Tort and Related Claims", American Bar Association, The Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 2, April 2011

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • District of Columbia
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Admissions

California

United States Supreme Court

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California

District of Columbia

Associations

Editor, Natural Resources & Environment Magazine, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (2013–2017)

Awards & Honors

  • CALI Award for Administrative Law
  • CALI Award Civil Procedure
  • CALI Award Criminal Law
  • CALI Award Legal Research and Writing

Education

The George Washington University Law School

Master of Laws in Environmental Law, 2012

Southwestern University School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude (Top 10 Percent), 2008

  • Southwestern University Law Review, Associate Editor

Princeton University

Bachelor of Arts, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, cum laude

Representative Matters

  • Prosecuted federal cost recovery and common law claims on behalf of a housing authority to remediate contaminated land for mixed-use development
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a city against an engineering company for a wastewater treatment plant’s failure to treat for chlorides
  • Defended municipal entity and city in California Public Records Act writ of mandamus action
  • Successfully defended a theme park against individual and general national pollutant discharge elimination system permitting and compliance claims
  • Represented a freight carrier in alleged breach of contract for freight transport
  • Obtained dismissal of an employment lawsuit on a property management company’s behalf
  • Obtained payment for a waste collection company alleging breach of contract and economic interference
  • Represented a transportation agency in California Environmental Quality Act, Brown Act, Porter-Cologne Act and Fish & Game Code claims
  • Prepared municipal entity and city for Superfund action involving potentially responsible parties, and local, state and federal agencies at hundreds of facilities
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